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Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, and Laughter (Faithful Families) Hardcover – May 7, 2012

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About the Author

Dave Stone is Senior Pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where he preaches Truth to more than 21,000 people each weekend. He and his wife, Beth, have three children: Savannah, Sadie, and Sam, and a son-in-law, Patrick. Dave believes the most practical way to spread the gospel is through moms and dads who model a genuine faith for their children. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Faithful Families
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400318726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400318728
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,475,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is always something we can do to make our families stronger and more bonded - and that is what Dave Stone has set out to do in his book, Building Family Ties with Faith, Love and Laughter. In 10 chapters he lays out ways that are simple and inexpensive to make your family more full of joy - and that doesn't include getting the new electric gadget. Most Christians realize there is a break down of the family both in the church and in society - and some of that can be traced to the use of technology and Dave Stone addresses that in the first chapter, "Endangered Species", and he doesn't hold back.

As a Christian parent we are seeking to instill God's Word in our child's heart, not just so they can follow a set of rules but so that when they are confronted by Satan and his evil ways, they know how to respond. I like in the part about parenting, we can start trusting our children but we still don't want to put them into temptations way the goal is that we can trust our children without literally testing them. As I've become a mom to an older child, I realize how carefully one must tread between being a hovering parent and one who gives their child responsibility. I have began to let my oldest have more room to breathe away from me and she knows she must accept responsibility for her actions, whether good or bad and I like what Dave Stone has to say about that, "Quakes will rumble and buildings will sway, but if you've laid the right foundation, they need not fall." I'm not saying that I'm going to let my children hang out with people who do drugs or who are into witch craft - but I can rest assured that if I've built a good, strong foundation my child will continue to stand on.
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Format: Hardcover
A positive family and home is built intentionally. I want to be intentional with my family--and hope that I am--not just floating through life with the wish that everything turns out okay.

Because of my desire to be intentional I am always on the lookout for great resources that can help me and my husband as we parent. Building Family Ties with Faith, Love & Laughter by Dave Stone is just that sort of resource.

This book is absolutely full of practical, biblical advice administered with a good dash of humor and common sense--and life experiences. I don't know about you, but I can really relate to others when they share their experiences with me. Sometimes I learn from experiences I haven't had and sometimes it's great to know that "Hey, I'm not the only one who experienced that!".

Dave talks about how to have true joy in your home, creating unbreakable ties, teaching your children contentment and servanthood, being an encourager and so much more. One really great point from this book is Dave's suggestion that each family develop their own mission statement. And then live by that mission statement. He talks about this a lot and it just makes so much sense. When a group (be that a business, a church... or a family) has a common goal and is focused on reaching that goal there is unity, perseverance and just plain ol' team work. I am looking forward to sitting down with my husband and then my children soon and developing our very own mission statement.

This is the first book by Dave Stone that I've read, but it will not be the last. This particular book is one of a series he has written on Faithful Families and I can't wait to read more in the series.
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In this second installment of the Faithful Families series, Dave Stone returns with more practical advice to guide and encourage your family. Who wouldn't want a family that is characterized by joy? Dave Stone provides the tools to get you there, based on Biblical guidance, such that you can create an "unbreakable" family to withstand the times of trials that all families inevitably face. The author walks the readers through creating a family mission statement, and calls families to commit to such goals as eating family dinners together regularly, serving God together, and using words of love and purity in the family home.

Once again, Pastor Stone has stirred my heart with his words, delivered in a practical, easy-to-digest format that inspired me with his call to lead my family to be one filled with joy. Any family that would put into practice the principals shared in this book would emerge stronger and better for the effort. One chapter that especially spoke to me was the one entitled "I've Got Your Back", which teaches you to help your children see that "when it comes to the family, you're a team. You defend one another. You stick up for one another". In my own job working with families, all too often I see the opposite occurring, where husbands, wives, and children are all busy seeing to their own needs and tearing each other down. Just this one principal would make such a difference for so many families! I also love the idea of having a family mission statement, which may seem like too much work to some, but in practice is easy to create, and serves as a rallying point for the family.
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